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Pork Chops Simmered in Spiced Tomato Sauce

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lindsey Lower


Hands-on time 22 mins
Total time 22 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop, about 1/2 cup pasta, and about 1/2 cup sauce)
To get a good, brown sear on the pork, dry it with paper towels before adding it to the pan.


  • 4 ounces uncooked whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vertically sliced sweet onion
  • 1 cup sliced fennel bulb
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, divided
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved

Nutrition Information

  • calories 393
  • fat 11.2 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 4.5 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 32 g
  • carbohydrate 41 g
  • fiber 8 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • iron 5 mg
  • sodium 666 mg
  • calcium 236 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

  2. While pasta cooks, heat a large stainless steel skillet over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove pork from pan. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and fennel; sauté 3 minutes or just until vegetables begin to brown. Add curry powder and coriander; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 30 seconds. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon oregano, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until liquid is slightly reduced. Return pork to pan; nestle in tomato sauce. Cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove 1/2 cup sauce, and toss with pasta. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon oregano and cheese. Serve with remaining sauce.